Populism and progressivism were fueled by idealistic dreams, but in the end they were dragged down by self-interest and racism.
A report issued by United Nations Special Rapporteur Philip Alston shines a bright light on how unequal a society the U.S. is.
Injustice hunting has become the new favorite pastime of Americans instead of addressing the problems at their roots.
Aversion to the new industrial order and a “democratic feeling” in the late 19th century brought workers, storekeepers, lawyers and businessmen of all sorts together, appalled by the behavior of large industrialists who often enough didn’t live in those communities and so were the more easily seen as alien beings.
This is the indigenous romance of American capitalism: The man from nowhere rises out of obscurity to unimaginable heights through the application of disciplined effort, commercial cunning, and a gambler’s sang froid in the face of the unforgiving riskiness of the marketplace. Conversely, 19th century Gilded Age anti-capitalists knew this dark fairy tale as “the Property Beast.”